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May 28, 2009

New Boot Camp Sessions Give Environmental Professionals Insight Into Key Regulations

New Boot Camp Sessions Give Environmental Professionals Insight Into Key Regulations

Recently, environmental professionals from Cummins met to delve into environmental regulations during the first ever compliance boot camp session. During the WebEx meeting, environmental representatives learned highlights of the U.S. Clean Air Act from Phil Perry, Chief of the Air Compliance Branch of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and industry expert Paul Dubenetzky from KERAMIDA.

Environmental leaders in each of the global regions in which Cummins operates convene regularly for technical sessions to educate environmental managers in the region on regulatory matters. The boot camp approach allows site, Corporate and Business Unit environmental leaders to dig deeper into key regulatory requirements. In this first of four boot camps to be held this year, Cummins environmental teams learned helpful tips about how to keep the Company compliant in the face of growing and ever-more complex legislation.

According to Ernie Smith, Manager of Corporate Environmental Management, the boot camps will help Cummins remain an industry leader in environmental management. "We operate on the premise that being compliant is a minimum requirement at Cummins. While we are looking for opportunities to go beyond compliance by reducing wastes and emissions and conserving natural resources, we cannot lose sight of our fundamental commitment to meet our basic regulatory obligations."

"The boot camps represent one more opportunity to bolster the skill set necessary to support our overall environmental stewardship efforts," Smith said.

Although the boot camp session covered U.S. regulations, environmental representatives from outside the region attended the last session and found great value in it. Paula Allen, Health, Safety and Environmental, Enterprise Manager in Stockton, UK said, "As I am based in the U.K., I particularly found the boot camp useful as it gave a detailed summary of U.S. legislation. It is a form of personal professional development for me. Also, when I audit the U.S. sites as a U.K. HSE professional, I am more informed when looking at legal compliance at our sites."

The second boot camp session was held on May 27. The session covered the EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or the regulations that govern hazardous waste management in the U.S. and parts of Mexico.


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